Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
“I am pushing myself to the limit. But I’ve got to do this. This swim is not about me. It’s about all of us” (4).
Although this story follows the achievements of Lynne Cox, a record-breaking long-distance swimmer, it is more about the accomplishments and will-power all humans posses.
Cox was not built as we now envision elite-athletes and she was not a natural swimmer, but her determination to complete things no one else had allowed her to accomplish things many thought were impossible (and you may still think are impossible if you have not heard of her).
Cox swam for self-improvement, to break records, to complete feats no one had ever attempted, and to ease tension between countries of the world. However, the reader will easily forget they are reading about a swimmer and instead be awed by her internal battles and inspired by her ability to push herself beyond what people consider physical limits.
This is a fantastic book to read if you are trying to motivate yourself (I read it before my half-marathon) and it will truly make you believe you have not begun to explore your own mental or physical limitations.